Kolten Wong #76 – 2013 Top 100
St. Louis Cardinals
Date of Birth: October 10, 1990(age 22)
Origin: 1st Round Pick(#22 overall) in 2011 out of the University of Hawaii
Conor Dowley: Probably the best “pure” second base prospect in the game right now, Wong’s small stature has led some to dismiss him in the past. While it’s true that neither his athleticism nor the majority of his tools tend to jump out at you, the kid just knows how to hit. He has a simple approach, and it works wonders for him. Wong will probably never hit for much power, but he knows how to drive the ball to the gaps, and that will work wonders as he moves up the ranks.
Wong’s work in the field is much the same as at the plate: not flashy but efficient and effective. His range is better than he’s usually given credit for, and his hands are very sure, enabling him to make fewer mistakes than most of his peers. His arm strength might prove limiting on some of the deeper throws he’ll be forced to make, but it’s strong enough for the routine plays.
Chris Blessing: Kolten Wong was a difficult player to rank in my personal top 100 this year. On one hand you see this kid, as Conor mentioned, that is small in stature, lacks much physical projection, isn’t an athletic specimen, and might not be able to make all of the throws from second base and wonder how this kid can realistically crack a Top 100 list. Then, you see his hitting ability and wonder whether he should slot within your personal top 50 list. Kolten Wong’s prospect status is tied almost entirely to his ability to hit for a high average while also littering the gaps with liners and the occasional long ball.
Michael Schwartze: At every level Wong has hit, and hit well, winning over supporters who dismiss him due to his size. What is even more surprising is the amount of pop — an asset that I may be a little higher on than others. He drives the ball well to all parts of the field, and I think he has 10-15 home run potential which would be very valuable at second base. He should mix in a number of extra base hits as well. Wong should open the year at Triple-A, and he could have an impact in St. Louis towards the end of this season.
Fantasy Outlook by Conor Dowley
Wong could be in St. Louis by the end of the season, but don’t expect huge fantasy numbers when he gets there. He’ll give you a decent batting average, and, if your league scores doubles, he should help you some there. Otherwise, I don’t see a fantasy star in the making here.